[Australia Weekly Migration News 81 issue]

  • 三月 16, 2020

As at 10:30 hrs on 15 March 2020, there were 249 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), including 3 deaths, in Australia.

  • 1 in the Australian Capital Territory
  • 111 in New South Wales
  • 0 in the Northern Territory
  • 46 in Queensland
  • 19 in South Australia
  • 6 in Tasmania
  • 49 in Victoria
  • 17 in Western Australia

Across the world, there have been more than 154,480 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and more than 5,700 reported deaths. There have been more than 73,600 cases, including approximately 2,529 deaths, reported from 138 countries and regions outside mainland China.

The current travel bans for those arriving from Mainland China, Iran, South Korea and Italy remain in place. As of midnight tonight, 15 March 2020 all those arriving in Australia are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Some states have already introduced heavy penalties for those who do not comply.

In New South Wales, the state Health Department confirmed breaching an order to isolate carried a maximum penalty of $11,000.

Unlike Tasmania however, the penalty in New South Wales could also involve six months’ imprisonment.

In South Australia, the maximum penalty for failing to comply is $25,000.

In Western Australia, those ignoring a public health order face imprisonment of 12 months or a fine of $50,000.

Australian citizens and permanent residents

Australian citizens and permanent residents are not prevented from entering Australia at this stage.

Those arriving in Australia will also be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Immediate family – spouses, minor dependants or legal guardians only – holding permanent visas may travel to Australia, however will be required to follow self-isolation guidelines.


Partners and immediate families of Australian citizens and permanent residents holding temporary visas

Partners and immediate families of Australian citizens and permanent residents – spouses, minor dependants or legal guardians only – holding temporary visas are being dealt with on a case by case basis by the Department.


Visa holders onshore

The Department has to announced that onshore visa holders wishing to extend their stay in Australia should apply for an ‘appropriate’ visa. In many cases this may be a visitor visa.


No Further Stay waiver conditions 8503, 8534 and 8535

The Department has also announced that extra resources have been diverted to the No Further Stay waiver section to deal with the increased volume of requests for waivers to allow onshore visa holders to extend their stay.

MIA members are reporting the waivers are generally being processed within days.


Visa holders offshore

Visa holders offshore required to enter Australia by a specified date

Visa holders required to enter Australia by a specified date and prevented from doing so by the travel restrictions should contact the section of the Department that issued the visa and request an extension to the entry date.

  • Details for Departmental contact mailboxes are listed on the MIA’s website under Member resources ‘Contacting the Department’. Members will need to log in using their password to access this section of the MIA site.

Bridging Visa B holders offshore

  • Bridging Visa B holders offshore unable to return before expiry date may consider applying for a visitor visa to return to Australia. Bridging Visas A should then be applied for again when onshore.

Applicants required to be onshore for lodgement of visa

Applicants required to be onshore for the lodgement of visa will need to assess whether travel to Australia and 14 days self-isolation onshore is viable to their specific situation.

Those wishing to travel from countries where Australia already has travel bans in place, will be required to spend at least 14 days in a third country where travel bans to Australia are not in place before proceeding to Australia.

Extend working hours for Student Visa holders – Shelf stacking

A joint Ministerial media release has announced that International students currently employed at the major supermarkets will temporarily be able to work more hours to help keep shelves stocked. Ordinarily international students are subject to a maximum 40 hours a fortnight during term.

Members should note that the measures will be administered by the Department of Home Affairs and are available to major supermarkets including Woolworths and Coles, and only for existing employees in their existing roles.



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